For most viewers, the transition to digital TV amounted to a minor hiccup at most. But the industry estimated that 12 million homes had not installed the necessary converter boxes, putting them at risk of losing TV altogether, reports the New York Times. Across the country, television stations set up help lines and community organizations held events to aid confused viewers. Most stations didn't receive the flood of calls they had expected, a sign that the transition was smoother than many had predicted. (Read "Schools mull digital TV's implications")

Mike Burgess, the general manager of KOB in...

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